Born fourth of five children, I was usually the quiet and observant one growing up. I think I was the one needing the least amount of reprimanding, but, shh, do not tell my siblings I said that, especially the youngest one!” Lol.
My parents gave me a lot growing up, all of which having great value and influence upon my life, but most importantly, they gave me them, and they gave me HIM.
I have worked in some form of customer service most of my life. Positions ranging from, “food service, the travel industry, a driver executing dealer trades for a Chevrolet dealer, and sales.”
No one could have made me think that one day, I would write and publish a book, yet here we are. Talk about “HIS ways not being our ways, and HIM knowing the plans HE has for us.” Umh.
Well, this is book one of several titles to be written. These writings are truly “God given,” with tiny particles of my everyday life. It is a conversation piece, be it a personal one, a one on one, or within a group.
Lastly. If you are going to come along for the full journey, “beyond the preview read that is,” please accept my apology for the delay of these writings. You see, as a Flight Attendant living in Miami FL when this story first came to me, it was a distant thought, and I didn’t have time for writing. Guess I was too busy filling my life with other things. But soon after I learned that for me, wrong priorities equaled lost and wasted time.
In closing, thank you for opening your heart and mind, to these writings. Remember, at some point we all need forgiveness so learn and choose to give it!
Dr. Sheila Johnson, PhD, DMin., songwriter, choral conductor, recording artist and college professor, is a native of Dayton, Ohio. Her new project, “Move With God,” is her 7th release. Dr. Johnson has toured and captivated audiences throughout the United States, West Indies, Germany, Mexico and Italy. Her compositions and arrangements are diverse gospel genres such as Urban gospel, gospel rap, praise and worship, Pentecostal praise, Latin, Negro Spiritual Jazz/gospel fusion and down home gospel to name a few. No wonder it is said, “Dr. Johnson’s music meets your diverse musical taste. Dr. Sheila, as she is affectionately called, is a former member of the national faculty of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), appeared on Bobby Jones Gospel (BET) a number of times, director of the 2012 Allegheny Union Baptist Association Pre-Musical Choir, former board member of the Gospel Music Educators’ Seminar (GMES), director of the Citywide Youth Choir of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity, Citywide Youth and Young Adult Ensemble and also served as one of the directors for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Pre-Musical Choir. She also served as a conductor for the Lott Carey Foreign Mission and NAACP National Convention Pre-Musicals. She is a member of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She currently serves as minister of music at First Baptist Penn Hills (www.fbph.org)located in Pittsburgh where her husband is the senior pastor. She and her husband were the first clergy couple in the Pittsburgh baptist assoication (AUBA- Pittsburgh Area) where the pastor’s wife was an ordained Baptist minister. The Hunts’ have two musical sons Dr. Julian E. (Minister Teresa) Hunt of Pittsburgh and Minister Justin E. (Tracy) Hunt of Baltimore, MD.
One listen to Steve Dalton & The Leviticus Singers of Charlotte and anyone within earshot knows that these young men and women are gifted vocalists. This Award Winning Ensemble began as a community choir in 2002. Over the years, the Lord has matured them into possessing an electrifying presence in the Gospel Music Industry. Their unforgettable performances have placed in them in the company of Gospel notables such as JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Israel & New Breed, Maurette Brown Clark, Bryon Cage, Deitric Haddon, Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, Jonathan Nelson, DeWayne Woods, Micah Stampley, and Lexi.
Their current single I WIN, The Remix” features Stellar Award Nominee, Dove Award Nominee and lead singer for the award-winning Donald Lawrence & Tri City Singers, LeJuene Thompson & multi-Stellar Award Nominee Uncle Reece. The song debuted at #9 on ITunes 100 Gospel Christian Music New Release Charts. I Win The Remix also charted on BDS Gospel Charts as one of the top 100 Gospel Songs in the Country. They caught the attention of the industry netting an impressive 8 nominations for awards such as the 2015 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, the 2015 Independent Artists Christian Music Awards and the 2015 Prayze Factor People’s Choice Awards, winning the 2015 Gospel Image Award for Best Video of the Year, the 2016 Gospel Image Award for Group Of The Year and the 2016 Carolina Music Video Award for Best Gospel Video and the 2019 Gospel Image Award Trailblazer of the Year Award. As these opportunities and accolades have been humbling, they do believe that God can and will do even greater in their lives if they continue to seek HIM first. “Experience the singing, the sound and their heart to worship HIM. This is not a show but a true worship experience”.
“A TRADITIONAL BASE GOSPEL CHOIR, WITH A CONTEMPORARY FLAIR, A FULL SOUND, LONGEVITY AND EXCELLENCE”
BEST DESCRIBES JOSEPH ROBINSON AND THE CHOSEN AGGREGATION.
The Chosen Aggregation was established on October 16, 1993 in Atlanta, Georgia; under the direction of the Late Minister Dirk B. Chaney. Since their inception, they have been a Ministry of excellence and commitment to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and song. The Lord called the leader and visionary of this ministry home November 17, 2002. Bro. Joseph F. Robinson, Jr. became the new Executive Director of the Ministry.
Joseph and the Choir released “BE GRATEFUL”, a cover single and tribute to the Late Pastor Walter Hawkins, on December 22, 2017. Their latest single, “BE STILL”, was released June 7, 2018 and on July 20, 2018, the choir’s 4th full-length CD project, entitled, “ANOTHER LEVEL”, was released worldwide. Under his direction; The Choir has toured the United States and Europe. They have appeared at the, Stockholm Gospelkor Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, The Gospel Music Workshop of America, The Thomas Dorsey National Convention, STELLAR Awards Weekend Celebration (Las Vegas), T.I.M.A. Artists Showcase (Las Vegas), HEZEKIAH WALKER CHOIRFEST (Atlanta and Las Vegas), The Indiana State Fair and many local and surrounding churches throughout Atlanta and the Country; Recorded their first “Live” Concert DVD * Raise The Praise 2 and their 3rd CD recording, “Eyes Have Not Seen”. At the close of 2018, Joseph Robinson and The Chosen Aggregation celebrated with a finale anniversary, commemorating 25 years of music ministry.
Verna Jones (born on December 1st ), known professionally as Ver’Na is a American Urban Contemporary Gospel songwriter and singer. She has a passion for God, Music and Ministry. Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, she is the second oldest of one sister and three brothers. Ver’Na began singing at the age of three in her home church where she soon became the lead vocalist in the youth choir. Coming from a musically inclined family where her father was a Minister of music and her mother a youth choir director, Ver’Na began to perform in school talent shows and sing in various gospel and youth concerts. At the age of 18, Ver’Na decided to pursue a career in the United States Army.
Ver’Na is Married to her husband Derek Jones and has four beautiful children. She attends New Beginning Ministries INC. in Ludowici Ga, under the Apostolic anointed covering of Bishop James and Apostle Cheryl Roberts.
Ver’Na uses her gift to minister to others using her life testimonies and God’s Grace, Mercy and Favor to draw souls unto Christ. She is an anointed servant of God ready to embark on whatever God’s plans are for her life. She has been blessed with a multitude of supporters and brothers and sisters in Christ. Ver’Na began her music career in 2016 and since, has released 4 Singles and an EP entitled “All For Your Glory”.
Established in April of 2016, Ealy Music Group is an independent record label that is based in Cameron, North Carolina. We are dedicated to empowering God’s people and contributing to the success of artists and associates.
Ealy Music Group was created and developed by Lamarcus and Shamikia Ealy. Before venturing out in this business, Lamarcus worked under another record label, Center Sound Records. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Audio Production and has more than 7 years of experience under his belt.
Our company was born out of the desire to reclaim the world and all of its resources for the Kingdom of God, starting with the music and entertainment industry. With Joshua 1:3 as our goal and promise, Ealy Music Group will become a label designed to drastically impact the lives of artists and supporters locally, regionally, and globally. We do this by providing music that uplifts and inspires the hearts of listeners.
Ealy Music Group (EMG) mission is to minister the Gospel of the Kingdom through song throughout the world, and to infiltrate this world’s entertainment system and have dominion over it. We capitalize on the growing entertainment market across the world through the production and promotion of high quality entertainment. EMG will become highly profitable through the sale of pre-recorded music product (compact discs/cassettes/digital), in addition to revenues generated from ancillary profit centers. EMG will own and control the masters (master copies), copyrights and licenses of its product, which will enable EMG to create immediate revenue streams while growing its music catalog into a multi-million dollar asset.
For more information, please visit: www.ealymusicgroup.net
“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”
She bean her career with New Lite Media in 2007, where she assisted the Station Manager with programming, sales, promotions & planning community events. Radio Show Host Partice Smith currently lives in Rocky Mount, NC. and is the host of “The Gospel Flavor Show” that airs on WECU The Promise Station 1570 AM & 97.9 FM on Saturdays 3P-6P. She began her career with New Lite Media in 2007, where she assisted the Station Manager with programming, sales, promotions & planning community events.
Partice Smith is the Proud Host of “The Partice Smith Show” where she enjoys playing Inspirational Music to help inspire and motivate people with the latest and greatest gospel hits along with providing some of the best Interviews from Gospel Artist, Ministers to Many of today’s Actors, Producers & Directors in the Entertainment Industry.
Her Interviews are a mixture of Professionalism…Laughter & down to earth style. Partice wears many hats that allow her to operate using her gits as the Station Manager for Rejoice America Radio.
She Loves to encourage listeners to write the vision and run after their dreams.
Connect with her on Social Media at: Partice Smith – FaceBook
Solomon Boyd was born in New York City. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he went to church and learned the ways of the Lord. Later his family moved to Philadelphia. He always had a love for music and singing became his passion. Solomon was encouraged to be a part of a group in Grade School and High School. He soon started receiving awards, including Most Talented. He went on to make a name for himself and started performing on talent shows with his group. They began to gain popularity. They gave performances at Uptown Theatre, Unity Day, Community College of Philadelphia, Second Cousin and McGonigle Hall. They soon caught the eye of Ricky and Ronnie of “New Edition.” This relationship opened many doors for the group. The decision was made to relocate to California where they learned what it took to become and remain in demand. In 1993 the group Brother was established, and they signed their first recording deal with Vincent Herbert(Husband of Tamar Braxton) and Sylvia Rome the President of East/West Records. Their first album in 1994 was released; entitled, Ghetto Love. Solomon has been featured in national magazines like Source, XXL, and Vibe. He has performed on national tours with the likes of female group Brownstone, Brandy, Changing Faces and Notorious B.I.G. In 1997 Solomon signed with CashMoney/Universal Records. During that time the group completed an album and released a single. They went on to do the House of Blues while on the Baller Blocker, Cash Money Rough Rider tour. Also, the group made appearances at the Source Awards and Soul Train. In 2002 Solomon transitioned from R&B to Gospel. Solomon has experienced what many artists only dream of, with years of great success and incredible highs there have also been times of significant loss and disappointing lows. Solomon through his faith has been able to proclaim that God remains faithful.
Unrestricted Praise offers true worship through their music ministry. The group has a long history of ministering the gospel through their music. They have been singing together for 15 years. The group has been very faithful, and because they were walking by faith and remained dedicated to the Lord, the group was formed.Unrestricted Praise is a family group, and although they faced many challenges, they were able to remain dedicated to the call. In life there are many challenges that might break you or make you, and for Unrestricted Praise those challenges have built lasting love, mutual respect, and a spiritual bond, through Christ.
As servants of the Lord, Unrestricted Praise is always willing to serve, and because of their obedience and lining up their will with God’s, many doors have opened for them. When God opens doors for you they are always more then you could ever hope or dream of, and God’s open doors has taken this anointed group to higher heights and deeper depths through worship.
Traveling and lifting the savior on various programs throughout the city of Houston, has been an honor for this family group. Well, I for one am excited about working with Unrestricted Praise, and we at River & Word are so glad to have you as a part of our river family. I know God has even greater doors for you to go through, and I pray that He continues to allow us to be a blessing to you. I pray for much success and super natural increase for your group.